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The Daily: Say ‘Yes’ to Zetterberg; Bobby Orr Congratulates Makar



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Henrik Zetterberg didn't get into the HHOF in his first year of eligibility. Former Red Wings player Daniel Alfredsson did get the call

Henrik Zetterberg will eventually land in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But it won’t be quick enough to please Detroit Red Wings fans.

The Detroit fan base was generally miffed that Henrik Zetterberg didn’t get into the HHOF in his first year of eligibility. Few took solace in the fact Daniel Alfredsson, who played one season for Detroit,  was selected.

There was joy in Vancouver that twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin will enter the HHOF together. Roberto Luongo’s selection pleases Florida fans.

That left Detroit fans flocking to social media to make their case for Zetterberg. Unlike the four players selected Monday, Zetterberg won a Stanley Cup and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of that playoff run. Like Alfredsson, he won the King Clancy award. Alfredsson won the Calder Trophy. Zetterberg finished second in his rookie season.

He’s one of 30 players in the Triple Gold Club . That means he won the Stanley Cup, IIHF World Championship and Olympic gold medal. Zetterberg is 103rd on the NHL points list with 960 points. He’s tied for 82nd with 64 game-winning goals. Zetterberg probably earns plenty of bonus points for intangibles like leadership, perseverance and ability to rise up in big games.

Two years ago, a study on the probability of players entering the HHOF pegged Zetterberg at owning a 79.3% chance of making the HHOF. One flaw of the HHOF process is candidates must compete on a year-to-year basis against other players who become eligible. Being selected each year comes down to who the opponents are.

By the way, the probability study pegged Pavel Datsyuk’s HHOF chances at 97.1%,

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Boston: Former Boston Bruins player Marc Savard, currently coach of the Windsor Spitfires, is now a candidate to land an NHL coaching gig.

Colorado: Denver: Bobby Orr tweeted congratulations to Cale Makar for his contributions to the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup title.

Montreal: TSN Draft Guru Craig Button joins the Montreal Hockey Now staff for NHL Draft podcast.

New York: Islanders prospect William Dufour is a finalist for the CHL David Branch Award, given to the Canadian Hockey League’s most outstanding player.

Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Flyers learned important lessons watching the Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup.

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